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West Ham United 'lining up move for Chris Smalling'

West Ham 'lining up move for Smalling'
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West Ham United are reportedly tracking Manchester United's transfer activity with a view to signing Chris Smalling this summer.

West Ham United are reportedly keeping tabs on Manchester United's transfer activity with a view to making a move for Chris Smalling this summer.

United are understood to have made signing a centre-back their priority during the current window and have been linked with a big-money bid for Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld.

Should the Red Devils bring in an extra defensive option then it would leave Jose Mourinho with six centre-backs on his books, and Metro reports that West Ham are hoping Smalling may be considered surplus to requirements.

Mourinho is not thought to be actively looking to offload any of his central defenders, but the Hammers could use the competition for places to prise Smalling away from Old Trafford.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini and new director of football Mario Husillos have begun to outline their transfer targets, with defence a priority for them.

Swansea City duo Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski have been touted as possible targets for the capital outfit, although a long-term injury to Manuel Lanzini - who could miss the majority of next season - may force them to rethink their transfer plans.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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